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Motivating Mom Jenn: 100 pound weight loss and a healthy family

Motivating Mom Jenn lost 100 pounds and is setting a healthy example for her family. She is sharing her tips and how she does it.

There is nothing extraordinary about me, and every woman can achieve body bliss like I did!

I love hearing from other moms and how they stay committed to a healthy lifestyle and model healthy habits for their children. Jenn is an amazing woman who struggled with her weight all her life and ended up losing 100 pounds! She is an inspiration and is working to set a wonderful example for her girls.

Let’s hear from Motivating Mom Jenn!

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

Motivating Mom Jenn lost 100 pounds and sets a healthy example for her family

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Why I finally joined Beachbody… after being undecided for over three years

As a stay-at-home-mom, Beachbody is a great way to find  support, socialization, and even some extra money for your family. Finding your tribe and getting excited about weight loss or fitness in general is such an amazing catalyst for a healthy lifestyle!

If you’re like me and resistant to feeling like you’re being pitched for a sale, you may have the same reservations about Beachbody that I had. I finally realized the benefits greatly outweighed that hang-up and joined Beachbody.

This is why it took me so long to make the decision and why I finally joined Beachbody.

Why I finally Joined Beachbody - how I went from avoiding coaches to becoming one

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Weight Loss for Moms: It’s Hard… and what I’m doing about it

Weight loss is hard. Throw in being a stay-at-home-mom without the benefit of having time go to the gym whenever you want, the income to afford the membership, or the ability to meet up with girlfriends and having a fun time at a class, and it can be a very hard and lonely battle. Weight loss for moms can be very hard.

I’ve lost a significant amount of weight before and the common denominator was always comunity support which helped make it fun. I talked about support for weight loss not too long ago. In anything you do, for me I’m specifically focused on weight loss and healthy living, community is key.

weight loss for moms - accountability and support is key

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Weight Loss Community: how support makes all the difference

I’ve lost 50 pounds… twice…

I’m currently back on the side of attempting to do it again a third time. Getting to this point once again, I have struggled to get back into the same mindset and habits I once had. As I’ve struggled, I’ve tried to figure out what it was that helped me be so successful previously.

I’ve finally figured out the common denominator.

The times I’ve been most successful with weight loss and feeling good and healthy is when I have been excited about the new changes and have found support and accountability.

A weight loss community is instrumental to my own personal success.

In my case, I need to lose weight to become healthier and feel comfortable, but this could apply to anyone who is just looking to live healthier, build muscle, eat better, etc. Just replace “weight loss support” with the type of support you need.

Finding a Weight Loss Community

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Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

It took a lot to get me to take that first step and begin running while considerably overweight. I learned to love it, but I spent years with crazy ideas about things I should and shouldn’t do as one of the overweight runners out there.

Even as the weight started to come off, I was still hanging onto these overweight runner fears and ideas. Only recently did I identify them and realize how crazy they are.

So, overweight runners unite and let’s get rid of these crazy ideas!

Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

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#BeFitAllYear 30-DayChallenge: FREE calendar, videos, and a GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to BeFit and Fit Approach, I’m super excited to have been given the opportunity to Jumpstart some healthy habits in 2016 and #BeFitAllYear. I’m even more excited to share the FREE 30-day workout calendar and videos with you, as well as give you a chance to win some of the BeFit goodies they’ve given me!

BeFitAllYear workouts, calendar, and nutrition product giveaway!

Confession: My 2016 health and weight loss goals have been off to a slow start. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve continued to gain weight after the holidays…

After losing 60lbs after my second child, I have really struggled to keep the scale going down. In the past year, I’ve added a part-time job to full-time staying home with the kids and the pressure has really decreased the amount of focus I’ve placed on my health. I’m feeling pretty discouraged lately…

I’m really feeling energized with this BeFit 30-Day Challenge. The best part is that the tools for the workouts are completely free! BeFit has put together an amazing series of videos, along with a workout calendar to help keep you on track.

I started this morning with the Dynamic Strength workout. It was fantastic! I woke up early, wandered through the dark to my office and got in a short and sweet strength training workout. Next to the tools being free, my favorite part is that these workouts are quick and effective – most are between 10-15 minutes. Toward the end of the 30 days, we’ll start to double up the workouts, but they still don’t take a huge chuck of time. Love that!

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I also got the chance to try out some of the great BeFit Nutritional Products. We have Chocolate Whey Protein, a PreWorkout, and Burn – a supplement to boost fat loss. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will keep you posted as I update you about my progress during the 30 days. For now, how about I open up the giveaway and give you a chance to win some for yourself!?

So, you know the workouts are free, short, and guided by a free calendar… So, who’s going to join me and #BeFitAllYear!?!

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Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

As you know, I’ve been trying out the D28 For Life 28-day transformation program. When I first started, I was so gung-ho about my weight loss– I was going to follow the workout and motivation calendar, the meal plan to a T, and make every recipe.

Needless to say, I “failed” pretty quickly – in reality, it wasn’t a failure, but lack of a good strategy.

If I hadn’t been so concerned about having all the ingredients to make each recipe perfectly on the exact day it was suggested, I would have realized that the part of this plan that I need the most are the motivation and strategies for success.

I noticed that the success stories being shared note that the individual may be on their third round of the D28 For Life program, and I realized that the “For Life” aspect means I have a lot to learn and I can’t expect to be perfect all at once.

The phrase that really nailed this home for me was when a Robert Brace said, “Willpower is Weak, Strategy is Strong.”

Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

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WH Questions… A perfect weight loss or self-reflection exercise

So, I’m a big ol’ quitter… I give myself way too many excuses and reasons not to stick with my commitments.

On Monday I started the D28 For Life program with day one. Now, Friday, I’m finally getting to day two…

What are my excuses? Tuesday I started day 2 and finally gave up claiming I couldn’t do it because I hadn’t made it to the grocery store to get the food right. Wednesday I made it to the store, but couldn’t start because I  had meetings all afternoon and never got food prepped – I also planned to eat at my parents and claimed I would start the next day. Well… Since we didn’t have the meal we had planned for Wednesday, I decided not to start Thursday so I could eat with them.

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So crazy, this is a big reason why I fail. I feel like I have to do something “perfectly” or not at all. This D28 For Life thing is a good example… The For Life part is the most important piece. If I could just stick to making small changes each day and using the guide and tools provided, I could make some great changes. instead, I’m so worried about doing it perfectly, I don’t really do it at all.

So, I’m revisiting the Day 1 exercise and figuring this all out…

WH Questions

WH questions for weight loss

My biggest struggle is the “When” question…

I need to find a good time for workouts. Mornings are tough because I stay up late trying to get work done and I have kiddos who still don’t always sleep through the night. Evenings are definitely not the best idea either because there’s a good chance they won’t happen. During naptime worked for me before, but it was definitely hard to use that time along with cleaning up after the kids’ lunch, eating my own lunch, and getting some work done…

I also need to find the time for meal prep. I definitely let myself off the hook when I’m with others and don’t want to be an inconvenience. If I had my meals ready to go it would be much easier.

When do you find time for workouts and/or meal prep?